Flying the Flag

Americans celebrate the Fourth of July Sunday.  It is a celebration of the signing of The Declaration of Independence – July 4, 1776.  That document declared that a people (the Thirteen Colonies) would separate themselves from another people (the British Crown) and form their own country (the United States of America).  It led to a war, which the Americans ultimately won.

My thoughts on civil government and carnal warfare have evolved (and I hope matured) over the years.  I attribute the evolution to a study of the Bible.  I am proud to be an American, and so are you.  But, if the other side had won, we would be proud to be Englishmen (or, more likely, something akin to our friends the Canadians).  We would celebrate different days of the year and I doubt that our personal lives would be significantly different.

I could talk about this subject for a long time.  I could talk about how national patriots are determined, not by right and wrong, but solely by human power.  The winner gets to write the history.  Maybe he’s right, and maybe he’s not, but what counts is who won.  God says it is not about human power, but His power – and it is all about right and wrong.  It is all about love, and mercy, and forgiveness, and humility, and – you know – the list goes on and on.  At least, that’s what God says, if you believe Him.

So, have fun with your family Sunday.  Make some barbeque.  Shoot off some fireworks (be careful).  And yes, fly the flag.  Just don’t forget that there is one flag that flies above the Stars and Stripes – the banner of Christ.  It is the flag of ultimate liberty, not from presumed political tyranny, but from the real tyranny of Satan – a tyranny that has nothing to do with ‘taxation without representation,’ but everything to do with the fire of hell.  Don’t forget the nation we Christians are really members of, the one which will eventually crush all others – the Kingdom of Christ.

Since many are thinking about liberty, here are a couple of Bible texts on that theme.  These are about the kind of liberty that matters in eternity: liberty from the guilt and power of sin.

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14 NKJV)

But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25 NKJV)

Thanks for reading, and – have a good Fourth!

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